For Artists

Filene Young Artists

All principal roles in Wolf Trap Opera productions are performed by the singers selected as Filene Young Artists. FYAs are at an interim point between academic training and full-time professional careers. They have recently finished graduate or professional degree programs from the top music schools in the country and have often participated in year-long young artist companies or summer apprenticeships. Many of them have already won prestigious awards and are on their way to significant careers. Approximately 15-20 singers are chosen annually from an initial pool of approximately 800 applicants.
Meet the 2017 Filene Young Artists.

Studio Artists

The Wolf Trap Opera Studio is a summer residency for singers of significant potential who are current undergraduates or who are making the transition between undergraduate and graduate study. The Wolf Trap Opera Studio offers young singers the professional and academic opportunities to take their talents to a higher level and to cultivate and polish the skills needed to present themselves with confidence and authority in a very competitive field.
Meet the 2017 Studio Artists.



Candidates for the Coaching and Directing Fellowships are typically currently involved in or have recently finished graduate degree programs or young artist training programs. Candidates who are already regularly working professionally are typically beyond the scope of this program.
Meet the 2017 Fellows.




The Wolf Trap Foundation offers opera apprenticeships in Administration, Stage Management, Technical Theatre, Scene Painting, Props Crafting and Costuming… [read more]

 Audition for Wolf Trap Opera

fpo-content-imageAll roles in WTO productions are sung by the young emerging professional singers chosen during the annual audition tour, and each season’s repertoire is chosen to match the specific strengths of each incoming class of young artists. Application deadlines begin in late summer of each year, and auditions are held in 7 cities around the country in October.

More information on how to apply.


Singer Resources

Aria Frequency Lists
During the annual audition tour, WTO gathers data on the frequency with which individual arias are offered by the singers applying and auditioning for the program… [read more] 

Audition Advice
The WTO blog has been a wonderful repository of audition advice for over 10 years. Highlights… [read more]